Crime stats on the rise again

OUR NEEDS: Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has voiced his concerns over the increase in crime in the past 12 months and the need for policing to change its ways. PHOTO: Courtesy Victoria Police

INSPECTOR Dan Trimble of the Benalla Police Service Area (PSA) has again appealed to all residents to continue to work towards making our communities safer following the release of the latest crime statistics.  

Benalla PSA incorporates the Benalla, Mansfield, Mt Buller/Mt Stirling and Murrindindi local government areas.

“I would ask that people continue to be vigilant and lock up their houses and cars – and don’t leave valuable items in plain sight,” Insp Trimble said.

The overall recorded crime rate across the state has increased by 3.7 per cent, measured as a rate per 100,000 of the population which is standard across Australia.

The total number of offences recorded is up by 5.7 per cent (up 23,217 offences to a total of 433,718 offences).
However, in the Benalla region burglaries, thefts from cars and robberies are all down in numbers.

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